Florida Tech Completes Day One At Bulls Invitational

By  //  March 20, 2015

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Maloney had a long throw of 45.66 meters

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Florida Tech track & field was on display in day one of the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Florida. ( FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech track & field was on display in day one of the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Florida.

Phil Maloney

Phil Maloney

The Panthers began the competition with the men’s hammer throw. Junior Phil Maloney and freshman Austin Taft represented FIT in the event finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.

Maloney had a long throw of 45.66 meters while Taft reached 43.93 on his toss. Joseph Velez of Rutgers University won the hammer throw with a long attempt of 63.65 meters.

Rhoni Gavagni

Rhoni Gavagni

Junior Rhoni Gavagni competed in the women’s javelin throw, finishing seventh overall at a distance of 30.92 meters. Six Division I participants from Rutgers, Princeton University, the University of South Florida, and Ball State University finished ahead of Gavagni in the event.

In the women’s long jump, Noelle Novakowski finished 22nd in the field with an attempt of 3.60 meters.

Freshman Marina De Biasi impressed in the women’s 5,000 meter run with a time of 18:42.96, good for fifth place in the event. South Florida’s Catherine Blaney finished with the top time of 17:09.09.

In the men’s 5,000 meter run, graduate student Justin McMaster finished 16th with a time of 16:04.14. Sophomore Matthew Pogorelec ended with a time of 16:17.13, good for 21st in the event. South Florida’s Michael Babinec won the race with a time of 15:08.03 and Saint Leo University’s Valentin Lenz finished in second at 15:20.39.

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The final event of day one was the men’s javelin throw. Junior Thaddeus Berger took 12th overall with a long attempt of 33.66 meters and Taft finished 14th with a toss of 32.24 meters.

Rutgers’ Thomas Carr, Matthew Krezmer and Josh Suttmeier swept the top three spots in the event, with throws of 67.08, 66.16 and 62.58 meters, respectively.

The Bulls Invitational continues on Friday with the women’s discus throw competition at 9:30 a.m. ET. The running events kick-off with the women’s 4×100 meter relay at 11 a.m.

The invitational will wrap up on Friday with the men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay races.

Live results will be available for the two day meet at FloridaTechSports.com


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